This lovely little nature reserve in Whitworth has lots of nice footpaths to follow through a densley wooded valley. You can enjoy the rushing water of the River Spodden with pretty waterfalls and lots of wildlife to look out for. There's also water mills, picnic areas and the impressive 1867 Healey Dell Viaduct. The reserve has good facilities with a visitor centre providing lots of helpful information and a nice cafe.
The reserve is in a great location for extending your walking in the area as there are number of waymarked footpaths to pick up. If you head west you can climb to Hunger Hill and Forsyth Brow before coming to Greenbooth Reservoir. The Rochdale Way and Pennine Bridleway pass the reserve so you can follow these paths across the surrounding Pennine Moors.
PostcodeOL12 6BG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Healey Dell Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Healey Dell Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Healey Dell OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Healey Dell Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
At the site you'll find the excellent Healy Dell Heritage Centre and Tea Rooms. Inside there's a lovely Edwardian themed tea room where you can enjoy a lovely afternoon tea. The associated heritage centre includes permanent heritage information on display and local information to take away with you. There is a wealth of information on the area's history, local wildlife, trees and plants. You will also find details on the munitions factory which remains to this day.
The reserve is a fine place to walk the dog so you're bound to bump into other owners on your visit. The tea room mentioned above is also dog friendly.